Hatay is located at the south-east of Turkey and surroundered by Mediterreanen Sea on the west and Syria at the east. There are direct flights to Hatay or you can fly to the city of Adana then drive to Hatay.
Hatay is one of the most historical city in Turkey. It was known as Antioch where was such an important city in Christianity History. It has hosted many civilizations starting from 9000 BC up until now. It has a 186 kilometer-long coastal band, the mild climate of Mediterranean region. Such a great mixture of cultures and religions. Therefore it has a very rich cuisine waiting to be discovered.
There are many dishes with wheat recipes Hatay’s in cuisine. Aşur is made out of wheat which is cooked with hot pepper, cumin and fall-apart tender meat.
Hatay’s meat and kebab culture does not only includes shish kebab and barbecue tradition. Also many other cooking techniques such as pot dish and oven roasted kebabs cooked with plenty of vegetables, indicating the reflection of different cultures on Hatay’s cuisine.
Popular Dishes in Hatay
A semi-soft cheese Hatay cheese is used in the filling. In making the künefe, the kadayıf (finely shredded phyllo dough) is not rolled around the cheese; instead, cheese is put in between two layers of wiry kadayıf. It is cooked in small copper plates, and then served very hot in syrup with clotted cream (kaymak) and topped with pistachios or walnuts.
It is made with eggplants, tomatoes and peppers grilled in a stone oven. It is served with lots of olive oil and pomegranate syrup. A traditional Dish of Hatay. It is mainly served as starter or mezze
Pepper with Walnut
Red Pepper and walnut are mashed in the mortar together. It is served with olive oil and pomogranate sauce.